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ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CARS, SCOOTERS, AND PEDESTRIANS

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IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SHARES INSIGHT FOR UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH ACCIDENTS INVOLVING AUTOMOBILES, MOTORCYCLES, PEDESTRIANS, AND SCOOTERS

  • I was run over by a scooter while on the sidewalk.
  • Someone on a scooter crashed into my car.
  • A motorists turned left and crashed into a scooter.
  • While riding my bike in a bike lane, someone on a scooter ran into me.
  • Are scooters considered motor vehicles?
  • I was injured in an accident involving a scooter operator.

After a car accident involving a scooter, the accident victim should contact a Miami Car Accident Lawyer at the Perazzo Law Firm by clicking HERE for a FREE initial consultation. If not, the following steps should be taken:

  • Visit a healthcare facility to evaluate any pain or discomfort the scooter accident victim is experiencing.

If the medical professionals determine that the scooter accident victim has suffered personal injury, the accident victim will have to cover the costs of treating any injuries sustained because of the scooter accident. If the scooter accident involves a car, truck, or other moving vehicle, the injuries sustained may be greater and the costs to treat injuries the accident will be higher.

What to do after a car accident involving a scooter

In Miami, the car accident attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm understand that motorists and pedestrians have a hard time dealing with scooter operators because of how they zip around city sidewalks, avenues, and streets.

After an a car accident involving a scooter, the parties involved should contact the authorities.

See THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTIFYING THE POLICE AFTER AN ACCIDENT


ARE SCOOTERS CONSIDERED MOTOR VEHICLES?

Regardless of whether a scooter is electric or gas powered, it has an engine and is meant to transport an object or individual on a public or private street, roadway, or thoroughfare.

BASIC RULES FOR UNDERSTANDING SCOOTERS

The Perazzo Law Firm breaks-down some basic legal facts regarding scooters and motorized bicycles:
Scooters with a seat:
  • Scooters are street legal
  • License required
  • Must have a license plate
  • Illegal on Florida highways
  • No helmet mandatory for riders over 16
  • Riders under 16 not allowed on streets
  • Insurance not mandatory

Scooters without a Seat:

  • Considered illegal on streets.
  • May not be operated on highways and sidewalks.
  • No helmet mandatory for riders over 16
  • Insurance not mandatory

Motorized Bicycles Laws in Florida:

  • The cannot be ridden on public roads or sidewalks.
  • Riders must be at least 16 to operate a motorized bike.
  • No driver’s license is needed.
  • Having insurance is not mandatory but highly recommended.
  • There is no official helmet law for riders.

SEE ALSO:

SCOOTER INVASION SOON IN ORANGE COUNTY

Kissimmee Car Accident Lawyer shares insight into a possible boom of scooters in Orange County.

As if car accidents in Kissimmee, Orlando, and other Orange County cities weren’t enough, the possible boom of motorized scooters by locals and tourists raise concern over a possible rise in accident rates and personal injury, especially to pedestrians.

Known as micro-mobility devices, scooters have been operating in Orlando for 18-months in a pilot program to determine if scooter use can expand to other Orange County cities. However, this proposal is nothing new for county commissioners and transportation authorities.

However, this proposal is nothing new for county commissioners and transportation authorities, who are trying to sort out question regarding safety and funding. Those pushing for the implementation of electric scooters in urban areas agree that they provide a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to conventional transportation means like buses, cars, motorbikes, and rideshare services. However, those that oppose the use of scooters in urban and densely populated areas claim that they pose a serious threat of personal injury to pedestrians and ultimately lead to accidents with cars, motorcycles, and bike rider.


SCOOTER ACCIDENTS AND THE ELDERLY

Elderly residents of cities and town are regular victims of scooter accidents in Orlando, Kissimmee, and many cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange County. Slow to react to the speed of scooters, elderly pedestrians have a hard time jumping out of the way or dodging speedy scooter operators, especially at crosswalks and sidewalk. When an elderly person has to react quickly to a scooter approaching them, he or she may lose their balance and fall. When an elderly person falls, any of the following injuries may occur:

  • Broken or bruised hip
  • Back injuries that include the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine
  • Hand or wrist fractures
  • Sprained or broken ankles
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts and bruises

See SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS


 

 

 

 

 

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